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Youths urged to stay away from building site in Sealand

A COMMUNITY leader fears children could get seriously hurt if nothing is done to secure the site of a multi-million-pound development in Deeside.

Sealand councillor Chris Jones says gangs of youths have broken down security fences around an old RAF hangar, which has been partly demolished as part of the 400-acre Urban Gateway project.

She said: “There are big groups of teenagers getting into the remains of the hangar. It’s so dangerous and I’m worried someone could end up getting seriously hurt. It’s a building site not a playground!”

Cllr Jones is calling on developer Praxis Holdings, who bought the 247 acres which formerly housed an RAF base last summer, to make the site more secure.

“These young people need to stay away. A portable toilet on the site has been smashed and the noise is upsetting neighbours who back onto the site.

“Debris is being thrown onto a playground in Welsh Road. My main concern is someone getting hurt.”

Stuart Fox of Praxis Holdings said: “ We take this very seriously and have repaired the fencing and increased our security patrols. We will do all we can to ensure site security and safety but would also remind both children and their parents that construction sites are extremely dangerous and should not be entered under any circumstances.

“Equally, if local residents see instances of the fence being damaged or of young people on the site who clearly should not be there then they should phone the police.”

The development – which is being marketed under the name The Airfields – will comprise homes, offices and warehouses. It is expected to form one of the UK’s largest employment sites and could take up to 15 years to complete.

A planning application is expected by the end of this year and – subject to consent – work will begin early in 2012.

Consultation is due to take place at the start of November and Praxis says details will be available shortly.